Luis Camnitzer

German-Uruguayan, b. 1937

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Luis Camnitzer

German-Uruguayan, b. 1937

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A pioneer of 1960s Conceptualism, Luis Camnitzer uses language as his primary medium, deploying words and text in prints, sculpture, and installation work. In a key body of work produced in the 1970s, Camnitzer paired images and text by placing ordinary objects within wood-framed glass boxes with text printed on brass plaques. His work frequently addresses social injustices in his native Latin America, as in the photo-and-text series “Uruguayan Torture Series” (1983–4), as well as the political landscape in his adopted United States. Other works include adhesive labels printed with absurdist architectural proposals, and a series in which Camnitzer offered his signature for sale, in either hand-written text or print-based media. Of his approach to art as a methodology, rather than a discipline, Camnitzer has said, “Art thinking should have the same overarching role that logical thinking has.” Along with fellow émigré artists Liliana Porter and José Guillermo Castillo, he founded the experimental New York Graphics Workshop.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 7 more
Biography

A pioneer of 1960s Conceptualism, Luis Camnitzer uses language as his primary medium, deploying words and text in prints, sculpture, and installation work. In a key body of work produced in the 1970s, Camnitzer paired images and text by placing ordinary objects within wood-framed glass boxes with text printed on brass plaques. His work frequently addresses social injustices in his native Latin America, as in the photo-and-text series “Uruguayan Torture Series” (1983–4), as well as the political landscape in his adopted United States. Other works include adhesive labels printed with absurdist architectural proposals, and a series in which Camnitzer offered his signature for sale, in either hand-written text or print-based media. Of his approach to art as a methodology, rather than a discipline, Camnitzer has said, “Art thinking should have the same overarching role that logical thinking has.” Along with fellow émigré artists Liliana Porter and José Guillermo Castillo, he founded the experimental New York Graphics Workshop.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 7 more